Advantages Small, ilght, cheap to run
Disadvantages Build quality and safety
I bought the Match version of the polo fox about 3 months ago off EBAY. Not something I would normally do but for £400 it was worth the risk.The Polo of this vintage (1994) is getting on a bit but with only 52500 miles its still breaking in. Reliability wise its a great car, but then most VW's are. Nothing seems to ever break on it that will actually stop you driving. If you need to fix anything its easy as the car is very simply put together thus easy to take apart.
My most expensive part was a rotor arm for the price of £3.84.A must for me on a car like this is to go straight to your garage and replace the sparkplugs, air filter, change the oil and fit a new rotor arm. You can do this for less than £50 but will see the gains when driving it.
The car design is now getting a little dated but it still scrubs up well and keeps up with the more modern traffic. Because of its age it is a very light car. This combined with the 1050cc engine
Bodywork wise you have to be careful buying one of these. They seem to range from minor rust to totally rotten. Body parts are easy to repair on these due to their simplicity and lack of stupid rub strips etc. If you see major rust around the rear arches then I would walk away. If there is a similar problem on the front wings then its not so bad as they can be easily sourced and replaced. However, remember painting always adds the costs upwards.
Also check around the badges on the boot lids. The badge is fixed via a plastic mount which is not sealed to the boot lid. This is a good area for rust and if it is bad then you need to spend a bit of time sorting it and making it look good.
Tyres and other such bits will also cost next to nothing. The one common thing I have seen with these is the state of the petrol tank. The filler neck joins the tank on the underside of the car with the filler running up the inside of the rear wheel arch. This is a stupid design from the start. Why on earth would you run the main fuel filer no the inside of a mudguard….. So if you are looking for one then check this. Look under the car on the drivers side and check the join between the pipe and the tank, if it looks rusty then be prepared. If you shop around you'll get a tank from the net for £80 dependant upon the model. Your looking at about the same to fit it in a garage.The interior of the car is pretty basic. Dash and switches are well laid out but not of the best quality.
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